BFI Mediatheque List

by AzaleaRose | created - 09 Sep 2015 | updated - 12 Aug 2017 | Public

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1. 1984 (1956)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In a totalitarian future society, Winston Smith (Edmond O'Brien), whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Michael Redgrave, Jan Sterling, David Kossoff

Votes: 2,901

2. 24 Hour Party People (2002)

R | 117 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Steve Coogan, Lennie James, John Thomson, Paul Popplewell

Votes: 31,362 | Gross: $1.13M

3. 28 Up (1984 TV Movie)

136 min | Documentary, Biography

Director Michael Apted interviews the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield

Votes: 2,432

4. 3 Non-Blondes (2003– )

30 min | Comedy

Gary Reich, the man who started the hidden-camera careers of Sacha Baron Cohen (Da Ali G Show) and Dom Joly (Trigger Happy TV), has found three women to take to the streets and carry the ... See full summary »

Stars: Ninia Benjamin, Tameka Empson, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Evelyn Duate

Votes: 123

5. The 39 Steps (1935)

Not Rated | 86 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle

Votes: 48,352

6. 4D Special Agents (1981)

60 min | Adventure, Family

A group of kids, who are part of the police-sponsored scheme 4D Special Agents, tackle a gang of Cockney crooks.

Director: Harold Orton | Stars: Lisa East, Dexter Fletcher, Sarah Jerkins, Paul J. Medford

Votes: 26

7. 64 Day Hero (1986)

89 min | Documentary

Documentary about the life of Randolph Turpin who in 1951 defeated the legendary Sugar Ray Robinson to win the World Middleweight Title.

Director: Franco Rosso | Stars: Gordon Williams, Jack Birtley, Maurice Mancini, George Middleton

Votes: 17

8. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: 84, Charing Cross Road (1975)

Comedy, Drama

True story of a transatlantic business correspondence about used books that developed into a close friendship.

Director: Mark Cullingham | Stars: Anne Jackson, Frank Finlay, Kate Binchy, Marcella Markham

Votes: 60

9. 90° South (1933)

72 min | Documentary

A record of Captain Scott's 1911 South Pole expedition.

Director: Herbert G. Ponting | Stars: E.R.G.R. Evans, Robert Falcon Scott, Herbert G. Ponting

Votes: 149

10. A Is for Autism (1992)

11 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

Add a Plot

Director: Tim Webb | Stars: Matthew Beguley, Sheila Beguley, Temple Grandin, Luke Hemstock

Votes: 111

11. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Abigail's Party (1977)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

Beverly has invited her new neighbours, Angela and Tony, over for drinks. She has also asked her divorced neighbour, Sue, because Sue's fifteen year-old daughter, Abigail, was holding a ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Alison Steadman, Tim Stern, Janine Duvitski, John Salthouse

Votes: 1,717

12. Above Us the Earth (1977)

85 min | Documentary, Drama

A mixture of actors and real people in a human story about the affects of pit closure on a close-knit Welsh village mining community.

Director: Karl Francis | Stars: Windsor Rees, Gwenllian Francis, Dai Morgan, Evan Jones

Votes: 10

13. Performance (1992– )
Episode: Absolute Hell (1991)

120 min | Drama

Black comedy set in Soho, London, right after WW2. Half of the fun is seeing a slew of very familiar faces kick up their heels as gay men, lesbians, party-girls, drunks, and drag queens.

Director: Anthony Page | Stars: Judi Dench, Susan Porrett, Paul Birchard, Sylvia Barter

Votes: 160

14. Absolutely (1989–1993)

30 min | Comedy

Comedy sketch show.

Stars: Peter Baikie, Morwenna Banks, Jack Docherty, Moray Hunter

Votes: 207

15. Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2012)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy

The wild misadventures of Edina Monsoon and her best friend Patsy Stone, who live in a near-constant haze of drugged, drunken selfishness.

Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield

Votes: 17,136

16. ITV Sunday Night Theatre (1969– )
Episode: A.D.A.M. (1973)

60 min | Drama

Roger Empson builds a house for his disabled wife Jean that is completely automated and monitored by a computer called A.D.A.M. (Automated Domestic Appliance Monitor). When she was a child,... See full summary »

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg | Stars: Georgina Hale, Mark Jones, Madge Ryan, Tom Kempinski

Votes: 22

18. The Adventure Game (1980– )

Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Three people are stranded on a planet on the far side of the galaxy. In order to return to earth they must first locate a crystal to power their spacecraft. But (and this is where the whole... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Lever, Charmian Gradwell, Bill Homewood, Sarah Lam

Votes: 136

19. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955–1960)

Approved | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Robin of Loxley, otherwise known as Robin Hood, and his band of Merry Men protect England from the evil machinations of Prince John while King Richard the Lionheart is away fighting in the Crusades.

Stars: Richard Greene, Victor Woolf, Archie Duncan, Alexander Gauge

Votes: 618

20. Ae Fond Kiss (2004)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

Sparks fly in Glasgow's south side when a young Asian man enters into a relationship with a Caucasian woman.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Atta Yaqub, Eva Birthistle, Ahmad Riaz, Shamshad Akhtar

Votes: 6,477

23. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Evil Under the Sun (2001)

TV-14 | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot's rehabilitative health retreat on an island resort becomes an even more stimulating mental exercise when a flirtatious film star is found strangled on a nearby beach.

Director: Brian Farnham | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 1,676

24. Agony (1979–1981)

25 min | Comedy

20 half-hour episodes. Jane Lucas, an Agony Aunt with a call-in radio show, has her own set of troubles with her very Jewish mother and her husband Laurence. Then there's the crazy lives of... See full summary »

Stars: Maureen Lipman, Simon Williams, Maria Charles, Diana Weston

Votes: 96

25. Akenfield (1974)

98 min | Drama

As the young man, Tom, prepares to leave the Suffolk village of his birth, voices and experiences from his family's past crowd in on his mind, weaving a poetic tapestry of the love of home and the longing to get away from it.

Director: Peter Hall | Stars: Garrow Shand, Peggy Cole, Barbara Tilney, Lyn Brooks

Votes: 86

28. Alice in Wonderland (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

A girl named Alice (Anne-Marie Mallik) falls down a rabbit-hole and wanders into the strange Wonderland.

Director: Jonathan Miller | Stars: Anne-Marie Mallik, Freda Dowie, Jo Maxwell Muller, Wilfrid Brambell

Votes: 686

30. All Creatures Great and Small (1978–1990)

Not Rated | 50 min | Comedy, Drama

The trials and misadventures of the staff of a country veterinary office in 1940's Yorkshire.

Stars: Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy, Peter Davison, Lynda Bellingham

Votes: 2,107

31. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: All Good Men (1974)

Comedy, Drama

An elderly politician looks back over his career while being interviewed by a TV producer.

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg | Stars: Bill Fraser, Ronald Pickup, Jack Shepherd, Frances de la Tour

32. All Hands (1940)

10 min | Short, War

This propaganda short illustrates the danger of careless talk by naval men. It demonstrates how a sailor's talk of recall is overheard by a waitress who ultimately betrays his ship to a U-boat.

Director: John Paddy Carstairs | Stars: John Mills, Leueen MacGrath, Eliot Makeham, Gertrude Musgrove

Votes: 15

35. All Your Own (1952–1961)


Showcase for youngsters to display their talents or discuss their hobbies.

Stars: Huw Wheldon, Jimmy Page, Brian Johnston, Jimmy Logan

36. Always Tell Your Wife (1923)

20 min | Short, Comedy

Two couples, the Hawkes and the Chessons, engage in an affair.

Directors: Hugh Croise, Seymour Hicks, Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Seymour Hicks, Stanley Logan, Gertrude McCoy, Ellaline Terriss

Votes: 110

37. The Amazing Adventures of Morph (1980–1981)

5 min | Animation, Family

The Gobbledygook spouting, shape-shifting little Plasticine man who first appeared in the 1977 arty TV show "Take Hart" gets his own series. Morph, his pet nailbrush and naughty "twin" Chas have all sorts of adventures.

Star: Tony Hart

Votes: 106

38. Amelia and the Angel (1958)

26 min | Short

A young girl (Amelia) is distressed and feeling guilty about losing the wings she was to wear in her school play. Then she notices an angel and follows the angel into a dark building. ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Mercedes Quadros, Míka van Bloemen, Helen Ulman, E. Collins

Votes: 195

39. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)
Episode: Amy, Wonderful Amy (1974)